[r21] Walorski Votes Yes for St. Joseph and Lake Counties (2/19/2010)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Start Date: 2/19/2010 All Day
End Date: 2/19/2010
Rep. Walorski (R-Jimtown) voted for an amendment introduced by Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon (D- Munster) on Monday, February 15. This amendment was added to Senate Bill 250, which is a bill that deals with various tax matters.

In its original form, the property tax caps exempted St. Joseph and Lake Counties from the full benefit of the caps, due to outstanding debts in both counties. These counties were originally excluded in the attempt to offset some of the debt that both counties incurred.

Rep. Candelaria Reardon's amendment would remove the exemption from the code. Should the amendment become law, St. Joseph and Lake Counties will receive the same assurance and predictability that property tax caps give the remaining counties in Indiana.

"This is a huge victory for the people of St. Joseph County," Rep. Walorski said. "The taxpayers of these counties should not have to pay for the over-expenditures of their local governments."

This new amendment will not keep the property tax question off the November ballot-Hoosiers will still have the opportunity to vote on whether or not the property tax caps will be made permanent in the Indiana Constitution.

Feel free to contact Rep. Walorski at 1-800-382-9841 or h21@in.gov.